The Logan County Long-Term Recovery Group recently received a helping hand from the First United Presbyterian Church of Guthrie. The helping hand came in the form of a grant for $7,500 and will go a long way in helping those in need get back on their feet.
“We [Logan County Long-Term Recovery Group] were formed five years ago after the wildfires in Logan County,” explained John Borrego, chair of LCLTRG. “The idea was that every county in Oklahoma has had at least one federally declared disaster in the last 10 years, so we were thinking this is not the last time this was going to happen. It was formed to provide assistance to people who lost property in natural disasters.”
Five years later, several people and non-profits make up LCLTRG. These include Red Cross, Salvation Army, Neighborhood Solutions, and Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, to name a few. Case managers from Catholic Charities are also used to evaluate each case and decide what might be needed long term.
“Basically, what happens when your house burns down, or you lose it in a flood is the Red Cross is the first person on your doorstep to make sure you have food, clothing, and shelter for the short term. Eventually our group will open a case and the Catholic Charities’ case manager sits down with them and determines what the client’s real needs are,” Borrego said.
Funding the needs of those who suffered a disaster, including the apartment fire last year and the recent floods, requires funding and LCLTRG looks for partners to help. Jennifer Bozarth, Community Outreach Coordinator for First United Presbyterian Church of Guthrie shared, “After the flood an email went out by the Cimarron Presbytery to all of the Presbyterian clergy in our region. Our pastor notified me about the funds that were available for the flood victims. I knew about the Long-Term Recovery Group here and encouraged John to apply for it.”
The $7,500 grant was awarded to LCLTRG to help with people’s long-term needs after a disaster. For instance, the grant is able to assist with household items, such as new refrigerators or furniture. Borrego acknowledged that none of this would be possible without every group member’s participation and the work they do together is rewarding on multiple levels.
“It’s really a terrific group in the way we are able to work together,” shared Borrego. “We have one representative from the organization who takes care of horses in natural disasters. They have a fleet of horse trailers and you just call them, and they move your horses. It’s really been a great group of people to work with.”
If you’re interested in helping with their efforts, LCLTRG donations can be sent to InterBank at 110 E. Cleveland Ave., Guthrie, OK 73044. Checks should be made payable to the Logan County Long Term Recovery Group.